May 19, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Two Yale women's ice hockey players, rising senior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) and rising sophomore goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.), have been invited to USA Hockey's Women's Under-22 Camp. The camp, which takes place at the end of June at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, includes 34 players vying for 22 spots on the roster for the U.S. U-22 Select Team that will take on Canada's U-22 team in August. Yale is one of only eight schools in the country to have multiple players selected for the camp.
Howser, who turns 21 in August, is one of 18 forwards attending the U-22 camp. She was on the U.S. U-22 Select Team for the three-game series against Canada last year after placing fifth in scoring at the 2007 U.S. Women's National Festival. Howser's previous experience with USA Hockey included a stint at the 2006 National Festival. She also participated in USA Hockey's Girls' Select 17/18 Festival in 2005, tying for the scoring lead with four goals and three assists in five games.
Howser has led Yale in points in each of her first three years, and the 22 goals she scored in 2006-07 place her tied for third on Yale's single-season list. She is tied for fourth on Yale's career goals list (44), is seventh on Yale's career points list (92) and is tied for eight on Yale's career assists list (48). She was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection last year.
A graduate of New Trier Township High, Howser is a political science major in Silliman College at Yale.
Snikeris, who turns 20 in November, is the youngest of the four goalies invited. She is coming off an impressive freshman campaign for the Bulldogs, having set the school record for single-season goals-against average (2.18) and posted the fourth-best single-season save percentage in school history (.921). She was honorable mention All-Ivy and an ECAC Hockey All-Academic selection.
A graduate of the Taft School, Snikeris is in Branford College. She was a five-time USA Hockey player development camp pick prior to coming to Yale.
Yale has an extensive history with U.S. women's national teams. Rising senior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.), who was on the U.S. U-22 Select Team from 2003-2005, played for the U.S. in the 2006 Olympics and has also played for the U.S. in two IIHF Women's World Championships. Yale head coach Hilary Witt played on the U.S. National Team in 2000-01 and was an assistant coach with the U.S. team in 2006-07. Former Yale men's hockey assistant coach Ben Smith coached Team USA at the Olympics three times, winning a gold medal in 1998, and now serves as a national team advisor.
The week-long U-22 camp begins June 24. Among those attending are six members of the U.S. Women's National Team that captured the gold medal at the recently completed 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship. Ohio State head coach Jackie Barto, who guided the U.S. Women's National Team to the gold medal at the 2008 IIHF World Women's Championship, is the head coach of the U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team.
In addition to the 34 players at the camp, four others (Brooke Ammerman, Meghan Duggan, Sam Faber and Sarah Parsons) were invited and unable to attend; they are still under consideration for the U-22 Select Team.
The 22 players chosen to the U-22 Select Team roster will go back to Lake Placid Aug. 12 for the Women's National Festival, then will compete in the Under-22 Series against Canada Aug. 20-23.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity